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30$                                 TOMBS OF THE BEABAT-PUE
to esssiine and resort on the provable cost.   But an trnfortnna-te delay occur-
red In the Commissioner's ofnce, the channel of correspondence, and meanwhile
the whole of the roof fell in^ with the exception of one compartment.   This,
however, would kave been sufficient to serve as a model in the work of restora-
tion.   The estimate was made out for Ks. 8,767 ;i and as there was a good
balance in hand to begin upon, operations might have been commenced at once
and completed without any dif&eulty in the course of two or three years.   But
no further orders were communicated by the superior authorities from April,
w!?en the estimate was submitted, iifl the following October, and in the interim
a baniva from the neighbouring town of Aring, by name Chhitar Mall, hoping
to immortalise himself at a moderate outkyj came to the relief of the temple
proprietors and undertook to do all that was necessary at his own private cost
He accordingly ruthlessly demolished all that yet remained of the original roof,
breaking down at the same time not a little of the cnrions cornice, and in its
place simply threw across, from wall to wall, rough and unshapen wooden
beanis5 of which the best that can be said is, that they may, for some few years,
serve as a protection from, the weather.   Bat all that was unique and charac-
teristic in the design has ceased to exist; and thus another of the few pages in
the fragmentary annals of Indian architecture has been blotted out for ever.
Like the temple of Cbbind Deva- at Brinda-ban? it has none of the coarse
figure sculpture which detract so largely from the artistic appearance of most
Hindu religious buildings ; and though originally consecrated to idolatrous
worship, it was in all points of construction equally well adapted for- the public
ceremonial of the purest faith.  Had it been preserved as a national monument,
it might at some day? in the future golden age, have been to Grobardhan what
the Pagan Pantheon is now to Christian Borne.
On the opposite side of the ManasI Ganga are two stately cenotaphs, or
{Xhdttris, to the memory of Randhir Sinh and Baladeva Sinn, Bajas of Bharat-
pnr. Both are of similkr design, consisting of a lofty and substantial square
jnasomry terrace wiiih comer kiosks and kteral alcoves, and in the centre the
monument itself, still further raised on a richly decorated plinth. The cells,
enclosed in a colonnade of five open arches on each side, is a square apartment
surmounted by a dome, and having each wall divided into three bays, of which
one is left for the doorway, and the remainder are filled in with reticulated
tracery. The cloister has a small dome at each corner and the curious curvi-
linear roof, distinctive of the style, over the central compartments. In the
larger monument, the visitor's attention is specially directed to the panels of
ihe doors,, painted in miniature wiiih scenes from tie life of Krishna, and to the